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FBI Arrests Man for Alleged Threats Against Gabbard

August 29, 2013, 9:11 AM HST
* Updated August 29, 10:12 AM
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A former Hawaii resident was arrested Wednesday in Mexico for allegedly making threats against US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

The FBI said today that Aniruddha Sherbow was arrested in Tijuana on a warrant issued by the US District Court in Washington DC.

He was turned over to FBI agents in San Diego, Calif. late Wednesday, a statement from the agency said. An initial court appearance for Sherbow in San Diego was scheduled for today but was postponed until Friday.

Sherbow is eventually expected to be taken to Washington DC to face a charge of “transmission of threats in interstate commerce.”

The FBI statement said the alleged threats occurred on Aug. 1 and 3 and were deemed credible. The agency did not elaborate.

According to Hawaii Reporter, the threats involved emails sent to the FBI threatening to decapitate Gabbard.

It said Gabbard obtained a three-year restraining order in 2011 against Sherbow because of alleged threats and harassment. Gabbard was serving on the Honolulu City Council at the time.

“The FBI hopes that this arrest gives Representative Gabbard some peace of mind and a greater feeling of safety as she represents the people of Hawaii in Congress,” said Honolulu FBI Special Agent Tom Simon.

Gabbard represents Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, which is comprised of suburban and rural Oahu and all of the neighbor islands.

***Updated at 10:12 a.m.***

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